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Members in the News – May 11, 2023

Patricia Saleeby is a member of NASW-IL:
A Bradley University professor recently spoke at the United Nations. Here’s what she talked about
For many years, I’ve worked as a disability advocate. And for 25 years now, I have been a consultant working on projects related to promoting international classifications with the WHO, the World Health Organization. So this year, I was very excited when they announced that they will be focusing on a disability topic here at the UN. So I was honored to be invited as a keynote speaker to talk a little bit about what I have done over the last 25 years with promoting those international classifications.

Talia Filippelli is a member of NASW-NJ:
Elevate Your Parenting
Psychology Today
The theory of emotional intelligence (EQ) was introduced by Peter Salovey and John Mayer in the 1990s, and advanced and brought to the general public through Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence. Since then, consistent studies have confirmed the importance and value of these skills, especially when taught during early childhood, although they remain a challenge to conclusively measure.

Courtney Glashow is a member of NASW-NJ:
Therapists Share How To Heal After Dating Someone With Sociopathic Tendencies
Well & Good
After all, “an individual must meet three or more of the [above] criteria for antisocial personality disorder in order to receive a diagnosis,” explains psychotherapist Courtney Glashow, LCSW, founder of Anchor Therapy LLC. Thus, it’s possible for someone to consistently have a few sociopathic traits without having the diagnosable condition. Someone with sociopathic tendencies might, for instance, lack empathy for others, but still be a law-abiding, job-holding individual, she says.

Lydia Crafts is a member of NASW-ME:
Sounding the Alarm: Lawmakers
Like many Mainers, the horrors of drug addiction have personally impacted lawmakers. Representative Lydia Crafts’ own connection to the issue, along with her work as a licensed clinical social worker, have driven her to draft what she calls a public health response to substance use disorder. She says the state is woefully ill-equipped to deal with the rising need for treatment and recovery services.

Beck Beck is a member of NASW-MO:
‘Telemental health’: Technology boosts mental health care in the US and India
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Meanwhile Becky Beck, a licensed clinical social worker who works with the Columbia nonprofit DeafLEAD, has some reservations about using technology for mental health. Beck, whose employer offers services to people with hearing loss, has long strived to make mental health support more accessible. To her, this doesn’t just mean having it available in-person and online; it also means ensuring her clients and anyone else can use the technology.

Khadijah Tillman is a member of NASW-NYS:
Doctors and social workers raise awareness of mental health services in Rochester
It’s a task that licensed clinical social worker and owner of Sankofa Family Counseling Services, Khadijah Tillman, faces head-on every day. “Finding therapists and mental health providers that have that specialty in providing children’s mental health services, as well as working holistically with the entire family, and also providers that are open to accepting Medicaid reimbursement for payments,” Tillman said.

Reese Druckenmiller is a member of NASW-MN:
Navigating ADHD in adulthood
Mayo Clinic
In my practice, I spend quite a bit of time explaining to children what it means to have ADHD. During this process, parents often comment that the disorder’s symptoms sound like their feelings or actions, but they haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD. This is probable because if a child has ADHD, there is a strong likelihood that a parent also has ADHD. The exact cause of ADHD is still unclear, but there is a strong genetic component.

Christine Kotlarski is a member of NASW-FL:
A Psychotherapist’s Recommended Tools For Self-Care
Health Digest
Self-care is an important part of maintaining our overall health and wellness. “Self-care is not selfish,” says Christine Kotlarski, LCSW, psychotherapist, and founder of High Note Counseling, as she jumps into her exclusive interview with Health Digest. However, this mindset can be difficult for patients to let go of. “This is the most common obstacle I come across when encouraging clients to take the time to focus on self-care,” she says. “Especially parents, [who] seem to struggle with this false belief.”

Seeking Payment for Social Work Internships
Inside Higher Ed
Within the larger social work field, sentiments are divided over paying students in training. The Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has spoken out in favor of paid placements, for example, but the Council on Social Work Education—the accreditor for social work programs—argued against them in a 2022 statement. “During these courses, students do not yet meet the job-related training, competency, and educational requirements of professional and licensed social work positions,” the statement read. 

Steven Wanczyk-Karp is executive director of NASW-CT:
Health records for CT residents could be shared in an online database. But should it?
CT Insider
Connie has a history of running afoul of privacy concerns. Earlier this year, social workers and psychological associations questioned the need to include behavioral health information in the state’s health information exchange. Steven Wanczyk-Karp, director of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, told CT Examiner that turning over a client list was a breach of professional confidentiality.

Katrina Gould is a member of NASW-OR:
Remote mental health treatment boomed during the pandemic. It’s still going strong.
The shift has been a game changer for therapists too. Katrina Gould is a licensed clinical social worker and has been practicing in Portland, Oregon, for 30 years. Before the pandemic, she barely treated any clients by video or phone, and getting reimbursed by insurance for it was rarely possible. But early in the pandemic, she was seeing nearly all her clients by video. Gould still sees more than half that way — and is busier than ever.

Jude Vereyken is a member of NASW-MI:
May be just may be…
Holland Sentinel
May be just may be it is time to take a moment to reflect on our mental health well-being and give ourselves permission to acknowledge if we are not as mentally healthy as we could be. May is National Mental Health Awareness month! I suspect given all the tragedies and polarized tension in this country we could all benefit from a little mental health tender loving care. 

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